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Ok, I figured out I am going to run the 15x42x16.5 inch TSL's and I am going to mount them on 8 lug 16.5x9.75 Mickey Classic II 8 luggers. I am looking for a company preferably located in Cali. that modifies alluminum rims for beadlocks.



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There is a place in So CA, El Centro I think. It's called Champion wheel. They have a web site too. Do a search on it. I think they are $125 per lock, plus the install price.

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I haven't seen a company yet that will do 16.5" rims. If you do find a company let me know. If you don't have any luck, there's always Tire-loc for the 16.5" rim but it's a little pricey ($800).



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Shawn, I am considering going with 17" wheels. I see bogger is going to make a set and I understand the safety bead is there for the rim 90* vs 16.5 45* or so side bead.. Whatcha think???seeya...

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Re: california beadlockers?

I saw the new 17" sizes. IMHO- I'd much rather have a 16" size if they made the desired tire in that size. They usually have the bead locks for the 16" size and I doubt they make any for the 17" yet. For mud, it makes more sense to have a smaller rim since less mud will get in the center. I keep hearing they will make more 16" sizes but have yet to see the size I want: 38x15.5x16 If you already have a 17" rim like on the Ford and Dodges, then it makes sense to get the 17" Boggers. Be aware of the pro/cons on the Boggers before you buy them.

Anyone else have an opinion on the 17" rims?



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Shawn, I understand where you are coming from on the 17".The only reason I would consider the 17" is for the clearance of my new front Dana 60 brake calipers. I think 16.5" are out 'cause of the safety bead (or lack of), and 16" may be in order with a beadlock and a little grinding. I am a Ground Hawg dude and really want Denman to get their act together and get out of the disco era!!!Any more input is appreciated...Thanks, Ricky...seeya...

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I'm sure the 16" rims will clear the front Dana 60 with no problems. A friend of mine has 16x10 8 lug Alum. rims that we are going to try on my front Dana 60 just to make sure. I think all tires companies should just stop producing the 16.5 and make the 16" only. I'd still like to know why any wheel company can't just incorporate a bead lip on their 16.5 rims.

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Re: california beadlockers?

I am planning on 16.5's for my 15x42x16.5 TSL's. I am going to get beadlocks installed on the rims (MT Classic II 16.5 x9.75). Will this solve the bead problem? If not, does SS make a TSL in 16"?



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Re: california beadlockers?

Did you find a company to do this? I'm willing to bet you can't find anyone to add bead locks on a 16.5 rim. The bead locks might help on the outside of the tire but what about the inside? Soon as you air down the 16.5 tire, you'll loose a bead on the inside. Another thing to consider is your local laws. In most states, bead locks are illegal. Plus I heard (not positve) that you can't balance a bead lock rim. So far, I have never lost a tire on my 16.5's but I have only aired down to 20 psi unlike a 15" or 16" which can run at 10psi with no problems. There's no 16" sizes in that size YET. If you're not planning on airing down, then just stick with the 16.5's.

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Re: california beadlockers?

Please let me know when you find a company that makes a 16.5 beadlock rim-I could never one and went ahead a bought the "TireLoc" bead lock system. I like these but they are not without some drawbacks. They are street legal and lock both inside and outside beads but you better make sure the inside of your tires are smooth on the side wall, or you'll get tiny holes in the innertubes. I have some stock 16.5 rims and they have a hell of a safety bead but they are a little narrow for 15-19.5 wide tires-I do use one for my 44 spare and I can't hardy get it off the rim.

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